From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Heywood Edwards '26

Date of birth: November 8, 1905

Date of death: October 31, 1941

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1926 Lucky Bag:


1926 Edwards 1.jpg

From Find A Grave:

Edwards was born in San Saba, Tex., 9 November 1905 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1926.

He competed for the United States in freestyle wrestling in the 1928 Summer Olympics, earning 4th place in the light heavyweight division.

After serving in battleship Florida (BB-30), destroyer Reno (DD-303) and other ships, he underwent submarine instruction in 1931, served in several submarines, and was assigned to cruiser Detroit (CL-8) in 1935. Lieutenant Commander Edwards assumed command of Reuben James (DD-245) 6 April 1940.

His ship became the first in the U.S. Navy to be sunk in the Battle of the Atlantic when it was torpedoed by a German submarine while on convoy duty west of Iceland 30–31 October 1941.

Lt. Comdr. Edwards and 99 of his crew perished with the ship.

Bio information from Wikipedia and wife, Almeda Stewart Ellis family information.

He has a memory marker in Texas. He was survived by his wife, Almeda; they had no children together.


USS Heywood L. Edwards (DD 663) was named for Heywood; the ship was sponsored by his mother.

Class of 1926

Heywood is one of 36 members of the Class of 1926 on Virtual Memorial Hall.